Based on Billboard's year end lists, here are 17 hours of appropriated audio smoosh. A couple years ago, I became obsessed with Hugo Keesing's Chartsweep -- a supercut of every 1 hit song. Soon enough, I'd made my own chartsweep of Billboard's Adult Contemporary charts.
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Diane Warren is considered to be among the most prolific and successful contemporary songwriter of our time. Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Diane was exposed to Top 40 radio and her talent began to develop. She loved listening to her older sisters' records, people like Buddy Holly and the Beatles, but she was more fascinated by the songwriters: Carole KingLieber and Stoller and Burt Bacharach.
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With streaming and YouTube going towards the counts, some very unlikely songs can make the pop charts these days. One genre that hardly graces the Billboard Hot today, however, is the TV theme song. The Walking Dead may be the most popular show on television and that's another topic but viewers aren't requesting the music at their local radio station.
The trade magazine created the Easy Listening chart in because some radio stations wanted to keep playing a selection of current pop songs that had little, if any, relationship to rock. And it eventually got recorded by way too many of them. Although these artists — such as Don McLeanJames Taylor and Jim Croce — played softer, acoustic-based material, they also had a foot in the rock world. Neil Diamond would land at least one single on the chart every year from through when Billboard would no longer call it Easy Listening; more on that in a moment.
Popular singers were just that — singers — unlike the multi-hyphenate singer-songwriter-musician-producer-moguls that have mostly replaced them in the years since. Back in the day, when these singers were making a record, the season's crop of new theatre music was one of the first places they or their record label might look. All of that started to change about 50 years ago, and the result has been a diminished role in our culture for showtunes, musicals and theatre itself.